Soprano Amanda Forsythe to offer voice masterclass

November 16, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Grammy Award-winning soprano Amanda Forsythe will present a masterclass on vocal works of the Baroque and Bel Canto periods at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Esber Recital Hall. Jennifer Trost, associate professor of voice and vocal literature, will host the 90-minute masterclass. Admission is free.

Forsythe will perform "The Power of Love: Operatic Fireworks from Handel and Vivaldi" with Apollo's Fire-The Cleveland Baroque Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 17, in Schwab Auditorium. The program features George Frideric Handel arias from the forthcoming Apollo’s Fire album with Forsythe, plus fiery Antonio Vivaldi concertos. The program closes with conductor Jeannette Sorrell’s acclaimed arrangement of Vivaldi’s "La Folia," which the ensemble performs from memory and has brought audiences to their feet at Madrid’s Royal Theatre, London’s Wigmore Hall, Bordeaux’s Grand Opera House, and concert halls throughout North America. To purchase tickets, click here.

This presentation is a component of the Center for the Performing Arts Classical Music Project. With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the project provides opportunities to engage students, faculty and the community with classical music artists and programs. Please visit for additional information regarding the Classical Music Project.

Masterclass Program

Timmi Williams, mezzo-soprano; Ann Deighton, piano

  • Una voca poco fa (from Il barbiere di Siviglia) - Gioachino Rossini
    Luke Ogden, tenor; Ann Deighton, piano
  • Ecco, ridente in cielo (from Il barbiere di Siviglia) - Gioachino Rossini
    Lisa Rogali, soprano; Ann Deighton, piano
  • Da tempeste il legno infranto (from Giulio Cesare, HWV17) - George Frideric Handel
    Don Marrazzo, baritone/countertenor; Jina Jang, piano
  • Music For A While, Z583 - Henry Purcell

Forsythe won the 2015 Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording, singing the role of  Euridice in Charpentier’s "La descente d'Orphée aux enfers" with the Boston Early Music Festival. She has been praised by Opera News for her “light and luster" and “wonderful agility and silvery top notes.” She was a winner of the George London Foundation Awards and was sponsored by them in her New York recital début. She has also received prizes from the Liederkranz Foundation and the Walter W. Naumburg Foundation.

Forsythe made her European operatic début in the role of Corinna in "Il viaggio a Reims" at the Rossini Opera Festival in Pesaro. This led to an immediate invitation to make her début at the Grand Théâtre de Genève as Dalinda in "Ariodante," where she was proclaimed “the discovery of the evening” (Financial Times). She returned to the Rossini Opera Festival to perform the role of Rosalia in "L’equivoco stravagante" and Bellini duets in the "Malibran" recital at the invitation of Joyce di Donato. Most recently, she sang the role of Jemmy in a new production of "Guillaume Tell," for which she received considerable critical acclaim.

Forsythe made her American stage début at the Boston Early Music Festival, where her roles have included Niobe and Manto (recording) in "Niobe, regina di Tebe," Aglaure in Lully’s "Psyché," Venus in "Venus and Adonis" by John Blow, Drusilla in "L'incoronazione di Poppea," Pallas in Eccles’ "The Judgment of Paris" and Edilia in Handel's "Almira," for which she received rave reviews. She is a regular soloist with the highly acclaimed baroque ensembles Philharmonia Baroque, Apollo’s Fire, Boston Baroque and Pacific Musicworks. Her concert repertoire also includes Handel’s "Israel in Egypt," Mozart’s "Exsultate, jubilate," Vivaldi’s "Nulla in mundo pax sincera," Pergolesi's "Stabat Mater and Orff’s Carmina Burana." 

Her upcoming solo recording of Handel arias with Apollo’s Fire on the Avie label is scheduled for release by the end of 2015.

  • Amanda Forsythe, soprano

    Amanda Forsythe, soprano

    IMAGE: Penn State
Last Updated November 16, 2015